Two-year-old Jameus is an absolute cutie, right?
One day his mom was innocently buying groceries from the store. An truly ignorant and vile woman made a cruel comment about her son.
Dallas Lynn was stunned into silence as she was stood at the checkout queue at Walmart – little Jameus sat in the trolley.
Dallas later took to Facebook to write a beautiful open letter, educating people about her son’s battle.
Jameus suffers from a rare condition called Hirschsprung’s disease. It renders the bowels unable to squeeze faeces along the intestines to the colon.
The young boy has stoma bags attached to his stomach to aid his digestion.
Dallas explained in her post how she usually puts a onesie on Jameus to hide his stomas. But she dressed him quickly that day so they could run to the store.
As they stood in line at Walmart, Jameus wanted a cuddle from his mommy.
To hold him, she picked him up out of the cart and, in doing so, his shirt rode up. It exposed his two stomas and bags on his stomach.
But Dallas was shocked by the reaction of one fellow customer.
Dallas wrote in a Facebook post: “There was an older woman in line behind me who caught a glimpse and shrieked a little before she said to me, ‘why in the world would you let someone do that to him?'”
“I turned around speechless and just looked at her before she continued and asked why he had them.”
“I gave her the short version and basically said “his colon didn’t finish forming so he needed them.”‘
“I left out that he had a rare disease called Hirschsprung’s disease because I was a little annoyed from her first statement.”
“One would think that the woman would have been embarrassed by her own comment and apologised to the mum, but what came next was even worse.”
Dallas continued: “She then goes, ‘well I am sorry but I just think that is so ‘repulsing’, can you please keep his shirt down?”
Despite the awful words from the customer, Dallas chose to rise above it.
“At this point I just wanted to shake this woman and scream ‘what is wrong with you?!’ But instead, I told her to have a good night and went to another line.”
Upset but undeterred by the staggering exchange, Dallas shared a photo of her beautiful son on Facebook.
She wanted to show the world that there “nothing repulsive about him”.
“Stomas and ostomies seem to be a taboo, when in reality, over 500,000 Americans have one,” she wrote.
“My son’s disease may be rare, but his stomas are not.”
She went on to explain what stomas and ostomies are – a surgically created opening that allows the body to expel waste.
“Both of my son’s are from his colon, but stomas can be from your ileum (small intestine) or bladder).”
Dallas explained that it was matter of life and death for her precious little boy.
“Was this the first choice of a life I would have chosen for my son? Absolutely not.”
“But this was his only shot at life. When he was 2 weeks old, his colon ruptured. It left him with a life threatening infection that nearly killed him.”
“His stoma saved his life. There is a very good chance he will have these for the rest of his life and if he does, it will be my job to teach him a positive body image.
“It will be my job to teach him to love himself and his bags.”
The mom pointed out that had he been a couple of years older, the woman’s ignorant comments might have impacted him negatively for life.
“See what that woman doesn’t understand is, when my son is healthy, he is no different than any other two-year-old.”
“He runs, plays, swims and goes to daycare. When he’s healthy, you wouldn’t be able to look at him and know he’s had over 20 surgeries and procedures.”
“You wouldn’t know that he’s got more ahead in his future. You wouldn’t know he gets painful home dilation and irrigation treatments twice a day every day.
“You wouldn’t know that every day a catheter is put into his stoma to “feed” it stool twice a day in the hopes of growing his colon.
“He’s my heart. He is so funny, and full of personality. He is sweet and loving and kind but also a little ball of fire.”
Dallas has received such widespread support for a post. A GoFundMe page set up to fund his medical expenses has so far raised more than $10,941 – exceeding the goal.